Snake sightings rise
There were 13 reports of snake sightings in Taipei on Wednesday and Thursday last week, and in nine instances the snakes were caught, the Taipei City Fire Department said on Sunday. The department said it received 10 reports on Wednesday and three the following day. Following up on the reports, the fire department said, it caught nine snakes, including a 2m-long big-eyed rat snake in Tianmu (天母) and Taiwan habu vipers, turtle-designed snakes and red-banded snakes in Nangang (南港) and Beitou (北投) districts. Snakes that have been in hibernation regain energy and look for food during spring and summer, the department said. They will attack people only if they feel threatened, it said. Anyone who spots a snake should contact the fire department immediately.
Car falls into sea, kills three
It was a night of tragedy for a family of four when their car went off the road and fell into the sea in Anping Harbor (安平港), Greater Tainan, on Sunday, killing three passengers and leaving the other seriously injured. The 37-year-old driver, surnamed Wu (吳), was cruising the harbor with his wife and two sons, aged eight and 10, when the car veered off the road and fell into the sea, a witness said. The witness reported the crash to firefighters who pulled the four from the water and sent them to three different hospitals. Wu and his two sons were pronounced dead, while his wife, surnamed Huang (黃), was still in a coma in an intensive care unit as of noon on Sunday, hospital staff said. Wu’s mother said she believed he was exhausted from late-night driving and that had caused the accident. Prosecutors will investigate the cause of the crash, the Tainan coast guard said.